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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2012, 03:42:19 PM »
Digital Rev are talking rubbish about this being a plasticy lens unlike the nice metallic original. Can someone set my mind to rest and confirm that this is made of all metal like a lens of this class should be?

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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2012, 03:42:19 PM »

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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2012, 04:02:01 PM »
Digital Rev are talking rubbish about this being a plasticy lens unlike the nice metallic original. Can someone set my mind to rest and confirm that this is made of all metal like a lens of this class should be?


The outside barrel is made out of plastic - mind you it's industrial strength plastic so about as strong as a metal exterior would be - think EF 100mm 2.8 Macro type material
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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #32 on: September 14, 2012, 04:09:38 PM »
Ok so it's only been 3 hours since my copy arrived but the initial impressions are very good:

1) Focus is out of this world fast and accurate, more so then the 70-200 II which was my previous benchmark of best focusing system

2) Sharpness is incredible - so much so that I think it'll make me watch the shutter speed and/or use tripods even more then before - it's so sharp that you'll be able to tell when you moved a tiny bit, and when it lands perfectly, well it does blow away the sharpness of my 24 1.4, 35 1.4, 50 1.2 and 70-200 II by a decent margin - boy do pixels look amazing with this lens!

3) Feels great on a 1DX, balance works out great, even though it's not a super light lens its a pleasure to hold and use on that body

4) Color, saturation is damn good as well - relieved about this since sometimes sharpness / saturation are a trade-off in optical design, and this lens is nailing both of those

In short - it's looking like this will be my new most used lens!
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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #33 on: September 14, 2012, 05:31:51 PM »
Still thinking that that hood looks stupid  ;D

It looks alright like this, but when the lens is fully extended, that looks stupid! :)

I just got my 40mm/2.8 for my 5D3, that looks stupid as well: http://blog.erikhammar.se :)
With the 40mm it looks like you took the lens off and left the extension tube on.  :)
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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2012, 05:48:31 PM »
I want to know if you are WOW'ed by the lens. Hopin so.
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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #35 on: September 14, 2012, 06:41:28 PM »
Digital Rev are talking rubbish about this being a plasticy lens unlike the nice metallic original. Can someone set my mind to rest and confirm that this is made of all metal like a lens of this class should be?

Roger at Lensrentals.com took this lens apart and was impressed with what he saw build-wise.
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/09/a-peak-inside-the-canon-24-70-f2-8-mk-ii

His summary quote "But it’s apparent to me that Canon has taken the time to design the lens well and build it sturdily. I totally agree, that for the price, it should be well designed and well built. But experience has taught me that is not always the case for a more expensive lens. I’m glad it is the case here."

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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #36 on: September 14, 2012, 07:22:05 PM »
About the IS thing - it "IS" really nice to have for events, though, because I like to try to use slower shutter speeds when people are posing- this lets in as much light as possible and 1) keeps ISO as low as possible or 2) keeps the backgrounds from getting too dark if I'm using flash. Of course, when people are moving about, shutter speeds need to be reasonable anyway, so IS is not so important in that regard.

The 17-55 is my perfect lens for this type of work for that reason. I just wish it were more durable/weather sealed, kinda flimsy considering its price. I would have been interested in an IS version of the 24-70...sounds like this is a good one, though.

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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #36 on: September 14, 2012, 07:22:05 PM »

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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #37 on: September 16, 2012, 10:46:42 PM »
Had my 24-70II on friday. Used it for a few shoots.
Hoping to test it against the v1 and also pit against my 24L and 85L sometime.

First impressions is its really nice. Controls flare well, and is sharp. Not quite as sharp ast my 85L (by which all my lenses are now measured) but its pretty damn good.

Attached is a 100% zoom from a quick unedited photo I took on saturday.
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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #38 on: September 17, 2012, 01:17:31 AM »
I took my 24-70 II along with me and my wife on our wedding anniversary this weekend. I attached a low-light handheld shot, no editing, just converted to JPEG from our trip. I enjoyed using the lens and the sharpness and contrast are great...But I must say after everything I read on the web, I was expecting a little more. It certainly isn't the lenses fault, just over-hyped myself during my research on whether to purchase or not. Do I think it was worth the price? No. But then again, I haven't owned the original version to make a fair judgement. Anyhow, it is a fantastic lens nonetheless.
« Last Edit: September 17, 2012, 01:28:50 AM by Caleb Luke »

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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2012, 08:04:04 AM »
Digitalrev are really taking the michael with the 24-70 II

In GBP, it comes to £2200.  That's £950 more than if I went to the US and picked one up (minus import duty)

No thanks at that price, no matter how sharp it is.

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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #40 on: September 17, 2012, 02:37:59 PM »
I am looking forward to this lens... I kept telling myself to wait until it was under $2,000 but the gear-head in me could not resist. Placed an order yesterday through Adorama.

I have been using the 24-105 for years... Recently alongside the 35L.

I am selling both to fund the 24-70 II... Never had the mark I, but I believe it will be a great tool for me. I have more and more events coming my way (paid work) and I think the versatility of the zoom will be a better match. Especially with my 70-200 II.

All I need now is the 16-35 II... But that will not be in any immediate future. I have my Samyang 14mm when I need the wide stuff.

Looking forward to it!


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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #41 on: September 18, 2012, 08:18:18 AM »
I am in desperate need  ;) of more updates here - are folks still getting these in?  I am really curious to know the supply and demand of these lenses as I wait for mine.

Thanks!

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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #42 on: September 18, 2012, 11:40:03 AM »
Ok so it's only been 3 hours since my copy arrived but the initial impressions are very good:

1) Focus is out of this world fast and accurate, more so then the 70-200 II which was my previous benchmark of best focusing system

2) Sharpness is incredible - so much so that I think it'll make me watch the shutter speed and/or use tripods even more then before - it's so sharp that you'll be able to tell when you moved a tiny bit, and when it lands perfectly, well it does blow away the sharpness of my 24 1.4, 35 1.4, 50 1.2 and 70-200 II by a decent margin - boy do pixels look amazing with this lens!

3) Feels great on a 1DX, balance works out great, even though it's not a super light lens its a pleasure to hold and use on that body

4) Color, saturation is damn good as well - relieved about this since sometimes sharpness / saturation are a trade-off in optical design, and this lens is nailing both of those

In short - it's looking like this will be my new most used lens!

Thanks for sharing that.  I had one pre-ordered and can't wait for it to arrive. 
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Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« Reply #42 on: September 18, 2012, 11:40:03 AM »